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of newborns who use popular sleep positioners. federal officials say you should stop using them immediately. details on all of this in a few minutes. >>> plus, there are plenty of hot spots in las vegas. this is ridiculous. the facade of a new hotel is creating what some are calling a death ray that is hot enough to melt plastic. one person at the pool said he had his hair cinched from the heat. more on that in a moment. >> let us begin with tore ren sal rains and threat of flooding on the east coast. weather channel jim cantore is on the east coast. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. if i said we set three and four and five day rainfall records, that probably doesn't mean much but when i put the numbers on it, we had 20 inches of rain in the last four days. here comes the rain again. we had enough of break this morning the waters receded a little on this road. you can see the water line. it came up another two feet when we got the period of heavy rain. that's what we're worried about. when these periods of heavy rain come in, will they produced flooding. schools are closed and even t
.n. the preside of iran infuriates the u.s. delegation with it's controversial comments about 9/11. this morning the one hiker who was free is here for an exclusive interview. >> lindsay lohan could be headed right back to jail "today," >> lindsay lohan could be headed right back to jail "today," friday, september 24, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and orange, -- gorge, everyone. >> residents in parts of minnesota bracing for another round of serious floods. >> another heavy downpour promptpromp prompted officials -- >>> also ahead, the latest on the actor who appeared in the popular movie "the 40-year-old virgin" has now been found guilty of atechlted murder. he stabbed his ex-girlfriend more than 20 times and she survived. she will speak out about her ordeal when she joins us live. >>> and we talk about a william who survived a difficult surgery in which doctors cut off the lower what are of her body to remove a tumor. >>> in the news this morning, hundreds of people have been forced from their homes because of flooding in parts of wisconsin and minnesota where both go
or did he steal the idea from his harvard classmates. they settled for $65 million, now they'll tell us while they think they deserve more. now they'll tell us while they think they deserve more. monday, july 20, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm matt lauer. >> officials in bermuda are saying that they are still trying to assess the damage from hurricane igor. >> hurricane force winds and driving rain has led to extensive power outages. >> it looks pretty this morning. >>> also ahead, former president jimmy carter is in the house and we'll be speaking to him about a number of topics including the rise of the tea party, those two american hikerstill being detained in iran and what he seeses a his own place in history. >>> on a different note, there are new problems for lindsay lohan. could the troubled actress be sent back to jail after she admitted that she failed a court ordered drug test. we'll have the latest on that story as well. >>> let's given with the damage caused by hurricane igor in
two weeks ago. >>> nbc's white house correspondent savannah guthrie joins us. >> reporter: the voters that voted for the first time in 2008 for the president, a lot of them are young, we're going to see the president on the campus of the united states of wisconsin at madison. there will be 100 companion watch parties, really drawing a page from the '08 playbook. if democrats can turn out some of these voters, it might make a difference in some of these key races. they're really trying to generate enthusiasm. in an interview the president said it would be inexcusable for democrats to stay on the sidelines this election. rahm emanuel widely expected to run for mayor in chicago. looks like that will happen and we could get an announcement as early as friday. the issue of course is who would replace him, would it be an interim chief of staff or will the president go ahead and name a permanent replacement. so definitely something to watch this week. >>> today a senate panel holds a summit on safety after an explosion that killed sen people. >>> southwest is buying air transfer $1.4 billion
trigger other evacuations within the watch and warning areas. >> give us an area, from where to where do you recommend that people are very conscious about this storm? >> all right, i would take anywhere along the north carolina coast, tropical storm conditions in the far southeast, all the way up to the virginia beach area because that's the area that will be impacted as early as tomorrow on into tomorrow night and early friday morning. depending on how far offshore it is, we may have a problem friday into saturday for southern new england and the eastern tip of long island, but everywhere along the east coast should monitor the track of this in case there's an unexpected shift to the west. >> when you talk about a sudden shift, you're worried about the eye of the storm, whether it will go closer to land? >> that's absolutely correct. we'll put a different graphic up here, this shows you the win shear as it goes across cape hatteras. in that area it's hurricane force winds. if the track was further west, it would bring hurricane winds. of course you'll have tropical storm force winds al
and burn him. pastor jones said he is the who is offended. >> they are burning our flag and pictures of us. we are supposed to do nothing? we are supposed to apologize for our actions? we must do something. >> reporter: the church displayed more than 200 korans to news cameras. some they bought and others were donated. the church will burn them saturday, the anniversary of 9/11. >> we believe in what we believe. we believe in the bible and standing up for it. >> we are not going to allow that! >> this as the protesting construction of an islamic center near ground zero. he is proceeding with the community center that will be multifaith with separate prayer room for muslims, christians, jews and other faces. he is planning a multifaith memorial for the victims of 9/11 and insists he is sympathetic to the families. let us commemorate of anniversary of 9/11 by pausing to reflect and meditate and tone down the rhetoric that serves to strengthen the radicles and weaken beliefs and our values. moderate muslim americans say the protests and the threatened koran burning signal a growing intoleranc
sliced right through his suv. he survived, and he'll be talking to us about that. >>> first let's go back inside studio 1a. tamron hall has all the headlines. >>> we began with more flooding in parts of the midwest. a levee is leaking in portage, wisconsin, some people have been evacuated. officials say if more evacuations are needed residents will have to get out by boat. >>> "today"today a panel appoin president obama begins its investigation into the oil spill in the gulf of mexico and the administration's response to it. >>> hyundai is recalling more than 131,000 sonata sedans sold in the u.s. because of potential steering wheel problems. the recall involves sonatas built before september 10. >>> gas prices are holding steady, the average price for regular now $2.69 a gallon. >>> steve berk will become ceo of nbc universal. burke will replace the current ceo who will step down when the deal closes. >>> overseas markets are higher on wall street. erin burnett is on wall street. >> we're talking about the best september since 1939, we'll see if we can hold through the end of the week. a
campaign manager attacked her. >> i found out that she was living on campaign donations, using them for rent and personal expenses while leaving her workers unpaid. >> reporter: she found her only hard times actually made her understand voters' anger. >> a lot of people have said that we didn't win the general election. >> reporter: democratic officials are gleeful and called her an ultraright wing extremist. ironically, her supporters used an obama slogan. >> yes we can! >> reporter: a tight race too close to call. former state attorney general, the choice of both the republican establishment and sarah palin against a tea party endorsed conservative activist. on to new york, where the republican nominee for governor is another tea party conservative. real estate developer over the party favorite former favorite rick lazio. rangel beat back several challenges. >> i go back to washington stronger than i have ever been. >> reporter: and back here in delaware, democrats didn't have a primary fight for the senate seat, so chris cooms is their candidate. or donnell who's worked for nonpr
. >> we want to get more information on this right now, john yang is in kabul for us with the latest. john, what do you know this morning? >> reporter: good morning, matt, as you say, the nine servicemen dead are americans, nbc news is being told and at least one american civilian is among the three injured. this happened as you say in zabul province in southeastern afghanistan. much of the territory there is controlled by the taliban and coalition forces led by the united states had been stepping up their efforts to take on the taliban in that area, to try to drive them out. this has been the deadliest year for coalition forces, the deadliest year for u.s. forces with today's crash, 351 americans have died this year. matt? >> john, but as we say, according to american sources the cause of this is still under investigation and yet the taliban has already claimed responsibility. is that the norm in a situation like this? would they normally do something like that? >> reporter: it's very common, matt. as a matter of fact we got the call here at nbc news from a taliban spokesman claiming resp
winds hit an office building that used to be a church, knocking the steeple inside the building, where it almost hit a woman's desk. she was away from her desk at the time and no one was hurt. dramatic, you don't see that everyday. it is now 7:04. back to meredith and al. we had severe thunderstorms last night. >> came rolling >> good morning, off to a fairly quiet start on thursday with a couple of thunderstorms near by. a 30% chance. otherwise, it will onlyis >>> that's your latest wester. matt. >>> thanks so much. to politics, president obama addresses the united nations today as the gop addresses a new plan to deal with the economy and health care. msnbc's chief white house correspondent, chuck todd is here. >> the president is here, annual gathering of world leaders of the united nation. politics looming over everything. november mid-terms. while he's here, republicans are going to a hardware store in virginia to unveil the 2010 version of a contract with america they call their pledge to america. >> reporter: today, republicans will try to recapture what a young firebrand named n
fall backwards because the rest of us didn't care to fight because the stakes are too high for your country and for your future and i'm going to get out there and fight as hard as i can and i know you are too. >> reporter: the democratic national committee is spending $50 million to get obama '08 voters to show up in 2010. the latest nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows the race for congress tightening, republicans know hold a three-point lead over democrats among likely voters, down from a nine-point lead last month. the president's approval rating still stuck at 36%. in a backyard conversation with voters, the president fielded questions on everything from the economy to his faith. >> you know, i'm a christian by choice. my mother was one of the most spiritual people i knew. but she didn't raise me in the church. i think also understanding that you know that jesus christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings. >> reporter: meanwhile a shake-up looms here at the white house. the chief of staff rahm emanuel could be gone within days to run f
been encouraging protests in iran, trying to exploit anger against the u.s. because of threats to burn the koran, and the controversy over the proposed islamic cultural center near ground zero. president ahmadinejad, blames all this on the conspiracy. >> translator: they have no relation, they are in no relati relation- >> reporter: there are jewish leaders working with muslim leaders to build the cultural center in new york city. there's no evidence of what you call zionists groups against it. fidel castro, your old friend, fidel castro criticized you for your comments about -- israel and -- >> translator: i need to talk, to speak. i think you should finish first and then you should let me explain. >> reporter: speak. >> what you see in islamic countries is what the people are against, that ugly behavior. they are not against the people of the united states, they are not against americans. >> reporter: we see no evidence that there is any such zionist conspiracy. >> reporter: he was equally combative about the iaea, which sharply rebuked iran this week for denying access to the two le
parties with the midterms fast approaching. >> michelle obama will use her popularity and influence in six state where is democratic candidates are in trouble. this as lisa murkowski is being accused of trying to split up the republican party in alaska by starting a write-in campaign for her senate seat. we're going to have more on all of this coming up in just a couple of minutes. >>> talking about controversy, that custody battle between mel gibson and his estranged girlfriend. the actor apologized for his behavior in those intimate phone conversations. so why is so much of their dirty laundry being aired so publicly and is oksana behind it all? this morning their attorneys speak out in an exclusive live interview. >>> and that british girl who just won the title of america's perfect teen. how do her fellow contestants feel about that? we're going to talk to her when she joining us from wales in a live interview. >> reporter: the president can be particularly effective raising money for democrats and he'll do that again "today," but democrats will now pass the popularity of the first lad
. nbc's miguel almaguer is on the scene. miguel, what can you tell us? >> reporter: matt, good morning. at least 75 people were rushed to the hospital overnight, some of them injured critically. we know at least one person is dead, although that number may rise. some 53 homes were completely destroyed. more than 100 others damaged. it's believed the explosion may have been caused by a ruptured gas line. and as one witness said here, they described the scene as "hell on earth." the explosion ripped through san bruno just before 7:00 local time, the dinner hour in this suburb just south of san francisco. a blast so violent, some thought it was an earthquake, or worse, a jetliner crash. it was neither. >> i went out and seen this big fireball. first thing i thought was, oh, god, something went up, and it was intense with flames. >> reporter: a monster, gas-fed fireball with flames shooting as high as 100 feet into the air was burning so hot, it obscured everything around it. asphalt melted, windows shattered, the sky turned black and the sound, what witnesses describe as a roaring and a g
is really making her presence felt in the state next to us here in texas. twisters touched down in and around the city of dallas. that's where the weather channel's julie martin is joining us from this morning. julie, good morning to you. what's the latest? >> well, good morning, matt. hermine made for a very wild weather day here in texas, from flash flooding to tornadoes. it really left its mark, and unfortunately, it is not finished just yet. i want to take you now to some images from the evening rush hour last night here in dallas, as twisters just started dropping out of the sky, as many as six funnels reported throughout the area. one of them slicing right through the heart of the city, hitting many buildings, bringing up water mains, and also knocking out power to thousands of people. one of the most impressive images, an 18-wheeler literally picked up, flipped 180 degrees with the driver inside, and slammed into the very building i am standing in front of. that driver, by the way, is doing all right this morning. but before all of that widespread flash flooding throughou
prison. beth holloway's attorney speaks out to us in an exclusive live interview. >>> and why would she do it? that washington state woman who claims a random attacker who threw acid in her face admitting she did it herself "today," threw acid in her face admitting she did it herself "today," september 17, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm meredith viera. wild weather here. >> i was in my apartment on the phone, it looked like it was 10:00 at night, it got pitch black, the wind started ed tee. >> it was like coming down in sheets. it was like being in a car wash. >> hurricane force winds ripped roofs off of houses. one woman was killed when a tree crashed on to her car. we're going to have much more on this storm and the damage it left behind in just a couple of minutes. >>> a toddler trapped under icy water for more than 20 minutes when he was finally rescued. his heart was not beating. nearly an hour later, he was brought back to life. coming up we're going to meet that boy and talk
, this is -- this is a near miss. if this had been right on point, it would have been a mess for us. right now, we've got wind gusts of over 70 miles per hour and it's a sand-driven, wind-driven rain that is just really brutal. we have had reports of flooding. we still have power throughout good portions of the outer banks right now. a lot of people are really, really excited about the fact that this could have been much worse. it's downgraded in its size and power. right now, we do have hurricane warnings in effect still for the northern half of the coastline of north carolina. we also have tropical storm watches and warnings all the way up to new england. hurricane warnings for parts of new england as well. the big problem is going to be the storm surge. not so much the rain. it's going to be the storm surge, anywhere from two to four feet of storm surge, some areas picking up five feet of storm surge, but make no mistake, rainfall is still going to be an issue. we're talking about rain that could be anywhere from two to four to six inches, some areas picking up seven to ten inches of rain, especially as yo
, the folks that tell us they're not likely to vote, they actually approve of the president's job with 75% approval rating. these are minorities and young voters. they have no interest in this election, if they get interested, they could close that gap. >> how do you get them interested? >> look, that's what the president's trying to do. here's what's odd. turnout goes up, people get enthusiastic about voting when they're unhappy. this small slice of voters, it's only 10% of the electorate, they're happy with the president, they're happy with democrats so they don't see a reason to get off their keisters and go out and vote right now. maybe that will change, but i'll be honest, our pollsters tell us it's very unlikely. >> let's take a look at who voters want to control congress. and the poll shows there's a tie, 43% of all responders would like to see democrats hold congress, 43% would like to see republicans gain control of congress. but when you boil that down to likely voters, the republicans have a 9 point advantage. >> let's boil that down to actually house seats, a nine point advant
that used the word for the ocean roiling. i never heard that term before. but this ocean has been roiling since we got here. >> reporter: and roiling waters and storm predictions were all the governor of north carolina needed to declare a state of emergency. >> people are telling us tonight, based on predictor models, that it's just going to come close to our coast, we've all got to be very sensitive to the fact that in a blink of an eye, it changes. >> reporter: the last big storm to hit north carolina, hurricane isabel in 2003, killed at least 16 and caused $3.4 billion in damage on its path up the eastern u.s. >> between the personnel, the vehicles, and also four warehouses fully stocked with blankets and food and water. the red cross is ready. >> reporter: while earl is stirring up a sense of urgency down below, it's also creating a sense of wonder from above. >> the strength of the storm looks just absolutely amazing. just unbelievable view of the planet. you have to wonder what's going on below those clouds. >> reporter: and, of course, the question is, where is earl going? we've go
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